This group has a regal-ish air about them, very striking! The gentlman's nose is arresting. The nose is such a focal point in general and there don't seem to be as many distinct in this kind of way. (also think that dominant facial features either make or break a person's character – it's all in how you own it!)
I love vintage photos! It's always interesting to see what the styles were back then. And to see how blank and unsmiling people can be. I find it funny that they all don't smile. It makes me wonder who decided to smile in photos first.
Each one of them is focused on a different point, which is what makes the photo so wonderfully strange. That, and the fact that (I believe) sitters were told not to smile so that they could be completely still. Makes you wonder all the more who they really were in real life.
I like it! Beats the modern cheesy family portraits with Mum and Dad holding a dumb sign that says "and then there was four" or some daft thing. They look dignified and stylish, and not in a contrived way.
Wow. Okay, the thing about this photo what fascinates me is, the persons are truely themselves. They donÂ´t to try to smile just for the fact making a picture. They are just as they feel like I think. And thatÂ´s something I like. To be honest and look how you feel.
The guy looks like a cross between Prince Charles and Charles De Gaulle; the woman looks completely out of character for that dress; and the boy has a soup bowl haircut. Altogether a fascinating picture on many levels!
My guess is that they are Norwegian aristocrats and this photo was taken by the Germans when they kicked them off their grand estate in order to use it as a military office in the war. Any other guesses out there?
Such serious faces. The boy's shirt makes me think this is Greece .. but something about the man's face reminds me of the Mountbattens … in any case its a photo that makes me want to know more about these people and what happened to them after this was snapped
Terribly shortsighted comments. There was a time when character was visible in a photograph instead of just silly suburban smiling faces, which are so boring. Unattractive? Comments on this blog are often pretty fluffy but that is incredibly unsophisticated. A good strong set of faces like that? Please try harder, this blog deserves better.
reply to Dirk (who said it was his father&grandparents) who wrote:
"I think not to smile was normal in this times for a typical family portrait.(?)"
Many or most upperclass brits and americans before WWII felt it was undignified to smile or "grin' in formal portraits. Some of my own grandparents felt that way, and as a former photo restorer I can confirm that a helluva lot of those folks felt that way.